I am a native Houstonian, leaving only for 4 years to attend the University of Texas where I obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. After graduation, I got back to Houston as fast as I could. I knew I wanted to practice law from a very young age. One of my parents’ closest friends was an attorney and he told me story after story about his cases that intrigued me and sparked my curiosity about the law.
When I decided to go to law school, I chose a school that prides itself on advocacy and litigation skills. I knew that I wanted to be in the courtroom. I did not want to be a transactional attorney so I enrolled at South Texas College of Law in downtown Houston, one of the finest law schools for advocacy in the country. While at South Texas, I participated in several moot court and mock trial competitions and served on the Board of Advocates
I was very fortunate to begin my legal career working for Howard Nations, one of the preeminent plaintiff attorneys in the country. Working with Mr. Nations, I obtained invaluable knowledge and experience working on very complex personal injury and wrongful death cases, including automotive products liability, 18-wheeler collisions, serious motor vehicle collisions, industrial accidents, as well as commercial and contractual disputes.
I always knew I wanted to have my own law firm so, after several years of practice with Mr. Nations, I partnered with my law school classmate and close friend, Chad Points, to form Denena Points, PC in 2003. Since that time, the firm has focused its practice on representing individuals, families, and business entities in complex personal injury and commercial disputes. We have successfully represented clients against major corporations and insurance companies such as Ford Motor Company, Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Firestone, Reliant Energy, Bank One, ARE, Inc., Allstate, State Farm, Farmers, Progressive, Geico, and others.
I have obtained countless successful recoveries for my clients through settlements and trials. Together with Chad, We have achieved favorable results in cases involving catastrophic 18-wheeler collisions, serious car, motorcycle, and truck collisions, defective and dangerous products, including vehicles, vehicle components, and children’s toys, maritime and Jones Act injuries, and general personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial matters. Chad and I have represented thousands of clients over our careers.
I am Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This honor is achieved by less than 2% of the licensed attorneys in Texas. To become Board Certified, I had to demonstrate an extensive knowledge of personal injury trial law through my education, experience, and substantial involvement in a wide variety of personal injury matters including auto wrecks, truck wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, and defective products. I had to sit as lead counsel on several cases that were tried to a jury verdict. I had to be evaluated by my peers, including attorneys with whom I have worked, opposing attorneys, and judges. Lastly, I had to pass a day-long written examination administered by the Board. To maintain my Certification, I have to attend personal injury continuing legal education courses to stay current on all of the latest trends and cases involving personal injury trial law.
I have been named a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters as published in Texas Monthly magazine, for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013. This recognition is reserved for less than 2.5% of the practicing attorneys in Texas under the age of 40. I have also been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters in 2014.
I have been recognized by H Texas Magazine as a Professional on the Fast Track. I have published “PowerSurfing The Web: The Internet as a Research Tool for Personal Injury Lawyers,” Advanced Personal Injury Course State Bar of Texas 1997 and “Demonstrative Evidence Predicates,” Ultimate Trial Notebook, State Bar of Texas Annual Convention 2000 and have spoken on a variety of internet and evidence topics for the State Bar of Texas. I have also submitted a brief to the Texas Supreme Court on the applicability of the hospital peer review privilege.
Together with my beautiful wife, Andrea, we have three amazing children. They are a handful and keep us very busy at home. Andrea is also a licensed attorney. She volunteers at our church and at our children’s schools. I have coached my children’s sports teams from baseball to basketball and football and thoroughly enjoy working with all kids.
Recently I fought for my neighborhood against the homeowners association’s attempt to wrongfully limit the association’s liability if an individual was injured or killed at our community pool. The association tried to require all homeowners to sign a waiver of liability before granting access to the pool for the summer. I was successful in convincing the association to table the discussion. As a reward, I was nominated to serve on the pool committee to oversee all community pool operations. I served 3 years on the committee.
Andrea and I are active in our church and have participated in adult bible studies to strengthen our faith. Our children have all gone through the Methodist preschool program and Andrea has taught Vacation Bible School for the past several summers.
I am licensed to practice in all state courts in Texas and in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts. I am a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and Houston Trial Lawyers Association.
Personal responsibility, my role as being responsible for others and the value of hard work were instilled in me at a young age. Growing up in the small, north Texas town of Sherman, I worked to help support my mom and two younger brothers beginning in the seventh grade. I know what it’s like when the deck is stacked against you, but I also know the value of pulling together – and the importance of getting a helping hand. I went from being a paper boy to wanting to be a lawyer at about that same time, when my mom got cleaned out in my parent’s divorce. She didn’t have the legal help she needed and the system didn’t treat her fairly. In my job as a Board Certified Trial Attorney, I make sure my client’s get their share of justice in the legal system.
My Mom continued to work hard and gave my two brothers and me a great upbringing. I worked hard, played football, studied as best I could, and had the greatest buddies a guy could ever have. But I always remembered the sting of being overpowered. This feeling has made me always keep an eye out for the little guy. From day one of my career I have worked as a lawyer for people who have been unfairly victimized – good folks injured by unsafe products, by careless citizens or employers. Always have, always will.
Before law school, I graduated from Austin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Austin College was great with the best thing being it is where I met my wife and made lifelong friends. In addition to the heavy work load I was active in politics on campus and athletics. I worked throughout college. I worked as a cook, waiter and bartender in restaurants. I also drove 18 wheelers for Mayflower moving company all over the country during the summer. I maintain my CDL and have first-hand knowledge of the trucking industry having actually driven an 18 wheeler over the road.
I earned my law degree from South Texas College of Law. During law school, I gained admission to the Law Review and held the position of Assistant Editor in Chief. STCL has the best courtroom advocacy skills team in the country. Year in and year out it is ranked at the top in this category. For two years I was a member of the vaunted STCL moot court team during law school, competing in tournaments around the country. In addition to arguing as an advocate in the competitions I was always the brief writer for my teams. My briefs were awarded “best brief” awards in moot court tournaments twice. During my third year of law school, I was awarded the Distinguished Service Award as recognition of my accomplishments in the advocacy program.
Right out of law school I began my career at a major Houston personal injury litigation firm. I worked on cases involving unsafe cars, trucks and vans and 18 wheeler wrecks. The firm was great but I wanted to have a say in all of the decisions. So when I was 32, my law partner, Tony Denena and I formed Denena Points, PC. Since then, I have tried several more injury cases to verdict. I have taken on cases against major corporations such as General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Suzuki, Toyota, Chrysler, Firestone, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Goodyear, Dunlop Tire, Hankook Tire, TRW, Takata, Autoliv, Alcoa, several offshore maritime companies, massive apartment management and leasing companies and others on behalf of families all over Texas, in several federal courts in Texas and in other states around the country. Also, I have handled to resolution hundreds of other cases like car wrecks, truck wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, offshore injuries, balcony collapses, carnival injuries and injuries in stores and on business properties. These are the types of cases Tony and I have a passion for and continue to aggressively pursue on behalf of our clients.
In addition to this practical experience handling a wide variety of cases, I have written extensively on issues related to expert testimony admission, automotive products liability, accident reconstruction, toxic torts, and multi-district litigation.
I am Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. Only approximately 2% of all lawyers in Texas are Board Certified. To become Board Certified a lawyer must have substantial involvement in a particular area of law, must have taken to jury verdict several trials, obtain recommendations from judges and other lawyers and pass a comprehensive exam.
I was named a “Rising Star” in personal injury litigation by Thomson Reuters as published in Texas Monthly magazine in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. This honor is granted to only 2.5% of attorneys in Texas under the age of 40. Now that I am over 40 and too old to be a Rising Star, Thomson Reuters has named me as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2014.
I have been with my beautiful and brilliant wife Jenifer since 1993. Jenifer is also an attorney and practiced for six years after graduating law school from the University of Texas. We have three wonderful young children – two boys ages 9 and 7 and little spark plug of a girl who is 4. Family is so important to me and I spend as much time as I can with my wife and children. Currently I am coaching basketball and flag football and try to coach everything I have the time to coach with my boys. I coach my daughter in soccer and basketball. Jenifer is now serving a two year term as the President of the school PTA having just concluded a two year term as Treasurer. I serve our community as the head of the recreation committee with our homeowners’ association. Somehow Jenifer juggles her massive role as great mother and wife, gives time to our community, still does some legal work on the side and has turned into a great guitar player. We are parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manvel.
I am licensed to practice law in the state courts of Texas and the United States District Courts in the Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. I have served as counsel in California, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland and Colorado as well. I am a member of the American League of Justice (ALJ), the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), the Texas Bar Association, The Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.